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Workshop: Literary Translation with Dick Cluster

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

$60 – $100

Workshop Location: Golden Gate University – 536 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA – Room 5224

NCTA is pleased to announce a new workshop on literary translation with Dick Cluster. The NCTA Spanish – English Bilingual Book Club had the opportunity to meet Dick Cluster recently in an engaging conversation on his translation of Gabriela Alemán’s novel Poso Wells (City Lights, 2018), which the book club read and discussed in its February meeting. Join us Saturday, April 27 from 9:00-12:00 for a great workshop in San Francisco!

About the workshop:

We’ll spend the first half hour discussing the goals of literary translation, using (as needed) some examples of multiple translations of the same text to compare.

The next two hours will be workshop, where participants will themselves translate some selected short passages from Spanish to English, and we’ll discuss what dilemmas arise and how they’ve been handled. In addition, English samples will be provided for participants who translate from English into other languages. Those who don’t know Spanish can also work in pairs or teams with those who do, where they’ll be very valuable in posing questions and suggesting alternative wordings in English.

The last half hour will be devoted more to the publishing side, with questions and answers about Dick Cluster’s experiences and suggestions. 

About the presenter: 

Dick Cluster translates primarily fiction, but also poetry and academic work, from Latin America and Spain. His most recent published book of translation is Gabriela Alemán’s Poso Wells (City Lights, 2018). Kill the Ámpaya!, a collection of baseball-related fiction from the Caribbean and Central America, was published in 2017 by Mandel Vilar Press and won the 2018 Northern California Book Award for fiction translation. Cluster has translated a wide range of contemporary Cuban writers, particularly those living on the island. His original works include a three-book detective novel series and (co-authored with Rafael Hernández) a social history of Havana. Currently he’s translating the Mexican poet and translator Paula Abramo’s book Fiat Lux.



NCTA Members EB – $60 (until 4/22/2019)

Non-NCTA Members EB – $80 (until 4/22/2019)

NCTA Members (after 4/22/2019) – $80

Non-NCTA Members (after 4/22/2019) – $100

Continuing Education: ATA-certified members will earn 3 Continuing Education points.

RegistrationEarly payment is advised in order to secure participation and help reach the workshop minimum participation. Unfortunately, workshops may occasionally have to be canceled or rescheduled if the confirmed participation in advance is very low. NCTA will not be responsible for any consequential losses to participants arising from this.

Cancellation policy: Refunds are issued only if notice of cancellation is received one week prior to the applicable workshop date. A cancellation fee of $10 is charged for all cancellations.


REGISTRATION CLOSES 4/25/2019 at 12:00 p.m.

Space is limited to 38 attendees. Register now to reserve your space.

Questions? Need more info? Email Judit Marin at 


April 27
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
$60 – $100


Judit Marin


Golden Gate University – Room 6208
536 Mission Street --- We recommend taking BART to the venue; parking is limited!
San Francisco, CA 94105 United States
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